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Game #57 Preview/Gamethread: Blue Jackets host streaking Rangers

Oct 14, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; New York Rangers defenseman K'Andre Miller (79) looks to pass against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday, February 25, 2024 – 6:00 PM EST
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio; Radio: 105.7 FM
Opponent’s Site: Blue Shirt Banter

New York Rangers (39-16-3, 81 points, 1st Metro, 1st East)


Columbus Blue Jackets (18-27-10, 44 points, 8th Metro, 16th East)

The Blue Jackets will take on the league-best Rangers (in points percentage, at least) today. The Rags are currently on a 10-game win streak. They have outscored their opponents 41-19 in that stretch and have only given up 1 goal in each of their last 3 games.

Expect Alex Nylander to make his Columbus debut tonight. The Rangers beat the Flyers 2-1 just yesterday, so Blue Jackets’ legend Jonathan Quick should get the start.

Player to Watch

Johnny Gaudreau

After a bad first half of the season, Johnny has 1-14-15 in his last 14 games. There would be a couple more goals on that stat line if not for some bad luck. The Jackets will need Gaudreau to play his best game tonight if they hope to end the Rangers’ streak.

Season Series

10/14/23 NYR 3 @ CBJ 5
11/12/23 CBJ 3 @ NYR 4 (SO)
02/25/24 NYR @ CBJ
02/28/24 CBJ @ NYR


New YorkColumbus
3.34 (9)GPG2.93 (20)
2.71 (6)GAPG3.70 (31)
25.1 (6)PP%14.3 (29)
83.2 (4)PK%76.4 (26)
49.3 (20)5v5 Shot Attempt %48.0 (22)
50.0 (19)5v5 Unblocked Shot Attempt %48.2 (21)
8.50 (17)5v5 Shooting %9.45 (7)
91.51 (12)5v5 Save %90.88 (22)
Artemi Panarin, 32G LeaderBoone Jenner, 18
Artemi Panarin, 46A LeaderJohnny Gaudreau, 32
Artemi Panarin, 78P LeaderJohnny Gaudreau, 40
Vincent Trocheck, 47PIM LeaderErik Gudbranson, 57
10-0-0Last 104-5-1

Projected Lines

Columbus Blue Jackets

Johnny GaudreauBoone JennerJack Roslovic
Yegor ChinakhovDmitri VoronkovKirill Marchenko
Kent JohnsonCole SillingerJustin Danforth
Alexandre TexierSean KuralyAlex Nylander
Zach WerenskiAdam Boqvist
Ivan ProvorovDamon Severson
Jake BeanErik Gudbranson
Daniil Tarasov
Elvis Merzlikins

New York Rangers

Chris KreiderMika ZibanejadJimmy Vesey
Artemi PanarinVincent TrocheckAlexis Lafreniere
Will CuylleJonny BrodzinskiKaapo Kakko
Adam EdstromBarclay GoodrowMatthew Rempe
Ryan LingrenAdam Fox
K’Andrew MillerJacob Trouba
Erik GustafssonBraden Schneider
Jonathan Quick
Igor Shesterkin